What is Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Hydrocodone is an opiate pain medication used in the relief of moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen (also known as APAP and paracetamol) is typically used for management of mild to moderate pain; when in combination, it increases the effect of hydrocodone.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 1,908 760
Fibromyalgia 823 339
Pain in lower back 429 205
Back pain 103 69
Muscle pain 78 49

Show all 305 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 73
Moderate 224
Mild 446
None 437

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients
Constipation 171
Drowsiness 59
Nausea 53
Sleepiness 51
Itching 31
Dizziness 25

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients
500mg-5mg as needed 22
325-5mg as needed 20
325-10 mg four times daily 16
325mg-5mg as needed 16
325-10 mg twice daily 13
325-10 mg three times daily 12
325-10mg as needed 11
325mg-10mg as needed 11
325-7.5 mg twice daily 10
325-5 mg three times daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

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Reason Patients
Other 218
Did not seem to work 215
Doctor's advice 189
Course of treatment ended 145
Side effects too severe 118
Personal research 31
Change in health plan coverage 22
Expense 16
See all 735 patients who've stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 100
5 - 10 years 149
10 years or more 73

Stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 132
1 - 6 months 157
6 months - 1 year 96
1 - 2 years 106
2 - 5 years 163
5 - 10 years 76
10 years or more 39
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 703
Usually 290
Sometimes 161
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 39
Somewhat hard to take 117
A little hard to take 194
Not at all hard to take 830
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 18
$25-49 74
< $25 671
Not specified 412

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 59
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 15
Morphine (Morphine ER) 9
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 8
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 8

Show all 50 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 40
Tramadol (Ultram) 38
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 22
Morphine (Morphine ER) 15
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 7

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching to

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135 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Jun 27, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 19, 2016 (Started Mar 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325 mg-5 mg Three times daily

Oct 1, 2015 (Started Mar 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drug dependence)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325 mg-5 mg Three times daily

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Oct 2, 2015 (Started Nov 29, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 x 325 mg-10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been taking hydrocodone under many names over the years. Some of the names were Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco. They all seemed to work the same which was not that good. I just started taking the 10/325 yesterday so I will have to see how well a higher dosage pill helps me. I really hope I see an improvement in my pain levels with this new dose. My dosages have been up and down as my PCP was really mad at me for quitting Lyrica. I was hallucinating and could fall asleep right in the middle of a sentence while I was talking. I totaled 2 cars and was lucky that I didn't kill some innocent victim! Both accidents happened while I was hallucinating. It was plain awful taking the Lyrica but my PCP didn't understand and cut my hydrocodone down to the bare bones. I just went 3 years without a dosage increase as she had told me to never ask again but I couldn't help finally breaking down and asking. I asked for 2 x 7.5 per day and she said, "No" but then the very next month she wrote it for the same amount that I had asked for by writing me 45 x 10mg per month. That is still 15 mg a day. Bless her heart for helping me out!!! I hate it when I don't have a life because of pain...
Cost: < $25 monthly

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